The Lagoon

  • Title: The Lagoon
  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • ISBN: 9780886823092
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Lagoon By a stagnant lagoon as his love lies dying Arsat tells the story of their meeting and the price he had to pay to be with her By a stagnant lagoon as his love lies dying Arsat tells the story of t
    By a stagnant lagoon, as his love lies dying, Arsat tells the story of their meeting and the price he had to pay to be with her By a stagnant lagoon, as his love lies dying, Arsat tells the story of their meeting and the price he had to pay to be with her.

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    About Joseph Conrad


    1. Joseph Conrad born J zef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was a Polish born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner He then began to work aboard British ships, learning English from his shipmates He was made a Master Mariner, and served than sixteen years before an event inspired him to try his hand at writing.He was hired to take a steamship into Africa, and according to Conrad, the experience of seeing firsthand the horrors of colonial rule left him a changed man Joseph Conrad settled in England in 1894, the year before he published his first novel He was deeply interested in a small number of writers both in French and English whose work he studied carefully This was useful when, because a need to come to terms with his experience, lead him to write Heart of Darkness, in 1899, which was followed by other fictionalized explorations of his life.He has been lauded as one of the most powerful, insightful, and disturbing novelists in the English canon despite coming to English later in life, which allowed him to combine it with the sensibilities of French, Russian, and Polish literature.


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    1. An interesting tale by Conrad. Its the story about a white man travelling through an Indonesian rainforest who stops for the night with a distant Malay friend named Arsat, who's lover is dying. Arsat then tells the white man the story of his past

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    2. The Lagoon opens up with a white man, but the story is really about the man's Malaysian friend Arsat. Framed narrative, quite common in Conrad's works, works quite well in this one. Tuan (the white man) serves the same function as Marlow the narrator in Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. It may seem an unnecessary complication in a short story, but framed narrative actually helps toset a tone and atmosphere as well as to provide additional commentary.Tuan visits his old friend Arsat, only to find o [...]

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    3. Know Your Brother? Know Yourself!”There’s no worse enemy and no better friend than a brother, […] for one brother knows another, and in perfect knowledge is strength for good or evil.”These words should be taken seriously by anyone who longs to be a good writer because there is vast potential for tragedy in them – and the greatest of all Russian writers has, in his day and age, shown how to use the potential to the max. However, Joseph Conrad’s short story The Lagoon exploits another [...]

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    4. Conrad was a Polish writer . He wrote in English , I could feel the sham style behind the text , yet his story was great.Like it or not, We all come across junctures in which we don't know which road to take ,this reminds me of Robert Frost's poem ;Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Bec [...]

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    5. Read this for my literature class. It's a deep story, a story within a story. It portraits death, betrayal. I love the symbolism it has.

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    6. This short story I consider Conrad's masterpiece. I've probably read it at least four times, and shall reread it again for its beauty of mood, style, setting, and poignant story line. Haunting. Lyrical. Chilling. Beautiful. So much emotion packed into such a short story.It begins with the white man Tuan telling his Malay steersman "We will pass the night in Arsat's clearing. It is late." Then within a short time, with Arsat's woman Diamelen dreadfully ill, Arsat begins to tell how they came to b [...]

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    7. L'ambientazione di questo racconto breve, è quella tipica di quei luoghi tanto cari a Joseph Conrad ovvero i mari e le isole tropicali, con le loro foreste e le loro lagune.Il racconto è incentrato su un'amicizia nata durante i "tempi duri", su una confessione fatta da uno dei due - forse nella speranza di alleggerire il proprio fardello interiore - e su quel senso di fascino e di timore che solo alcuni luoghi remoti sanno donare, soprattutto nel silenzio della notte, con le stelle luminose e [...]

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    8. 12/100 Glimpse of Truth Short StoriesAdjective-heavy (e.g. "The fear and fascination, the inspiration and the wonder of death - of death near, unavoidable and unseen, soothed the unease of his race and stirred the most indistinct, the most intimate of his thoughts. The ever ready suspicion of evil, the gnawing suspicion that lurks in our hearts, flowed out of the stillness round him - into the stillness profound and dumb, and made it appear untrustworthy and infamous, like the placid and impenet [...]

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    9. MEH Not my thing, bro.I always get bored with genres I don't like. I should stop doing this.

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    10. Haunting. Lyrical. Chilling. Beautiful.So much emotion packed into such a short story.

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    11. Conrad's combination of words mesmerized mevolved my feeling to the extent i cried some tears while reading!I totally appreciate this work

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    12. This is some of the best writing I have ever come across. Excellent foray into Conrad.

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    13. Beautiful sad tragic tale of what one will do for love. Full of symbolism and imagery well worth a read.

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    14. I'm not giving this a star rating because I read it for school and I didn't pay enough attention to it to really have an opinion, and that's just not fair to the story. If I did give it a rating I'd give it a 1.5. It was okay, just meh. It was short which was good because I really didn't care about it. Sorry Conrad.

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    15. Very Conradish book, that is for sure, and the way he narrates about archipelagos and confrontation of the lives of "white men" and "natives" is so symbolic that you might need to read it again and again to understand.

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    16. 2.75 STARSI don't even remember this story because I was reading it while I was very, very busy. What a joke!

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    17. A 1898 story - part of a book I read long ago - titled 'Adventure Stories'

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    18. A somewhat overwrought tale that warns of the haunting aftereffects when one violates the "bros before hos" maxim.

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    19. Captivating: both the story and the author's life circumstances.

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    20. It is hard to be partial to frame stories that are supposed to be deep but end up being ambiguous. A man let his brother be killed because he was a coward and there is no way of getting around it.

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